Intel Promotes WiDi, A Wireless Content Transmission Standard

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IntelWiDi-0513Intel will promote its Wireless Display (WiDi) technology all year long, aiming for the technology to become one of the standard specifications for PCs and LCD TV players.

LG, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba will also join the promotion and adopt the WiDi technology into its HDTV products.

Currently, the latest WiDi 3.5 is already able to support transmission for 1080p-based content, Blu-ray playback, 3D content and 5.1 surrounding sound. The technology also meets Miracast standard of the Wi-Fi Alliance. It’s very much like a universal version of Apple’s AirPlay technology.

The WiDi 3.5 also supports wireless connection to USB-based devices, while Windows 8’s touchscreen function can also be supported by the technology.

Most first-tier notebook brand vendors’ new Haswell-based ultrabooks, set for launch in June, are expected to adopt the WiDi. Several set-top box (STB) and adapter makers such as Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, Bitland, Buffalo and IO Data are also expected to release products supporting the WiDi.

Ideally, in addition to notebooks, Intel wants to push its WiDi onto other devices, such as tablets and all-in-one PCs.

Here are the technical specs of WiDi: